There is a rare fragility about the work of Charmagne Coe. The figures she paints and illustrates seem to have essences extending outside their bodies, which makes the experience of appreciating the art more visceral. The abstract narratives in these surreal works leak right off the canvas and into the imagination, enchanting the beholder.

In the gallery below are Coe’s paintings from 2010 and 2011. To view a lot more work, including paintings, sketches and a blog, visit You can also connect with the artist on facebook.